Fischer Watea 94 (2012)

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Price: $795.00
Year: 2012
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 94
Tip/Tail/Waist: 130-94-118
Lengths: 170

This ski is updated from last year with the addition of Freeski rocker. Fischer calls it their "gateway drug" to fat skis. For the skier not convinced that they need a fat ski, this ski is a perfect way to enter the movement. It's fast and stable at high speeds, but at 94mm underfoot, it's float-y enough for powder days. It's a great ski for touring, with a woodcore and a notch in the tail to keep your skins tight.

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Fischer has gone to great lengths to lighten up the 94-mm Watea, milling out parallel channels in the core, then filling them with reinforcing carbon-fiber I-beams. Then it gives the tip a unique shape—a 3D prow like the hull of a speedboat—the better to slice through soft snow. The result: The Watea 94 was No. 1 for Flotation and No. 2 in Crud Performance. As testers pointed out, there are quicker and more energetic skis in the category, but the Watea loves cruising in long, fast arcs on the groomed while waiting for the next powder day. “Fun at high speeds; awesome in crud; all-mountain versatile,” said Boller.